In Sanskrit, Tarshito means “thirst for inner knowledge”. It is the name that Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh gave his student Nicola Strippoli, in 1979, during the latter’s first journey to India. Born in Corato (Apulia, Southern Italy) in 1952, he graduated from the University of Architecture in Florence, and though still preoccupied with the ideas of radical Architecture, he was travelling towards the Orient in search of inspiration and full of curiosity.
The works extend traditional Indian art forms into contemporary dialogues. The aim of Tarshito’s artistic practice is to fuse the discourses of fine art, applied design and craft with those of philosophical pursuit and spiritual awakening. Tarshito has held numerous exhibitions of his works throughout Europe and a solo exhibition of works made in India was held at the Crafts Museum in New Delhi in 2001. His works have been shown in solo shows and in curated group shows in museums and institutions across Asia and Europe.